Victorian Volcanic Plains Conservation Management Network

Protecting grassland, seasonal wetlands, grassy woodlands & other ecosystems on the Victorian Volcanic Plains

Name those grasses, sedges and rushes

Here is reference book if you are interested in learning how to identify grasses, sedges and rushes. The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria website says ‘with clear text, and detailed illustrations and photographs, this book describes the structure of Grasses and similar groups, explains the language used in their description, and describes the process of identification. It will greatly facilitate the successful use of the standard identification manuals available for most parts of the world. The drawings and photographs, emphasising structural details, illustrate 131 species of Grasses, 38 Sedges, 16 Rushes, 16 Restios, Rope-rushes and allies, and 2 species of Typha (Bulrushes). Covering over 200 species, this will assist with the recognition of many common plants along roadsides or in pastures. The procedure for plant identification is the same world-wide so the book is globally relevant, however the illustrations and photographs mostly depict species that are common in temperate parts of the world’.



Lake Bolac Eel Festival – book now

Lake Bolac

Lake Bolac

The Lake Bolac Eel Festival theme for 2016 will be Aboriginal Land Management. Bill Gammage and Bruce Pascoe are keynote speakers. The Lake Bolac Eel Festival is a family-friendly music and art festival highlighting the environment and celebrating Indigenous culture.

Booking online is now open for the 2016 Lake Bolac Eel Festival on the weekend of 8 -10 April. Check out the website which is continually being updated with details and like Lake Bolac Eel Festival on Facebook.

New this year is the art auction and dinner on Friday evening and on Sunday there will be a full morning of activities, film screenings and music with the popular MikMaks entertaining young people of all ages. Continue reading

‘Greening the West – 1 Million Trees’ project

Lightwood, Acacia implexa

Lightwood, Acacia implexa

Call for Landcare groups and landholders to help green our west
An ambitious initiative to green the western suburbs of Melbourne is underway, with the Federal Government awarding $5 million to Lead West to implement the ‘Greening the West – 1 Million Trees’ project.

A part of the Federal Government’s 20 Million Trees programme, the ‘Greening the West’ project will involve community groups and organisations from across the western metropolitan area to increase urban greening, contributing to improved health in the community.

The Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority (PPWCMA) will partner with Lead West to plant 410,200 trees in the west, working alongside the PPWCMA’s existing and highly successful projects, Grow West and Greening the Maribyrnong. Continue reading

Devils in the garden

Many people wouldn’t necessarily think about grassland plants when Geelong Botanic Gardens is mentioned, but the road leading to the entrance is lined with native grasses and there is a small display garden with a selection of grassland plants. A patch of blue devils adds interest and colour though the summer. Geelong Botanic Garden’s nursery was one of the nurseries that grew and supplied seed for the Grassy Groundcover Recovery Project.


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